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A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions

An Interview with Sara Nović, by Peter Kispert

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Sara Nović’s stunning debut novel, Girl At War, concerns the realities of war and their effect on and shaping of a girl’s coming of age. Here, Nović responds to questions posed her about the novel’s development, her relationship with her characters, and the one question she wishes she were asked about her novel—and her answer to it.

This is an expansive novel, vast in its sense of geography, culture, and time. What was the process like for arriving at the novel’s final structure and that first scene with young Ana? Finding the right structure was definitely the hardest part of writing this novel for me. I knew I didn’t want the book to be chronological–I was thinking quite a lot about memory and trauma, and I didn’t think a straight narrative would be able to get across the fragmentation that comes along with the kind of shock Ana experiences. I also wanted readers to have a bit of a break after the violence that occurs at the end of part one; I didn’t want them to get fatigued and stop feeling the full weight of what was happening. Still, I wasn’t sure where to start the book for... Read more

In the Telling

#23: Erin Somers

In our latest installment of the In the Telling series, listen to Erin Somers read “Regret,” which appears in Issue 15: Hope.

Erin Somers was the recipient of the 2013 Neil Shepard Fiction Prize. Her writing has appeared in Green Mountains Review, One Teen Story, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the... Read more

Encounters in Publishing

#72: Behind the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with author Brendan Kiely by Liz Mathews

As we’re gearing up for the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference, happening in downtown Brooklyn on September 12 and 13, we’re excited to introduce you to a few of our panelists. This week, meet Brendan Kiely, author of the debut novel The Gospel of Winter. Chosen as a Kirkus Reviews selection for best of 2014 and one of the American Library Association’s Top... Read more

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Slice Literary Writers' Conference

The 2015 Slice Literary Writers' Conference will take place on September 12 + 13, 2015. Early bird registration is now open. Enroll by April 30.


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